3-5 March 2021
Museum collections have a lasting impact on the understanding of the arts and disciplines they embody. As such, collectors and the motivations that direct them often become the focus of intense study. Less frequently studied, however, are the advisors who guide those collectors, often while also writing the reference texts that take disciplines forward.
25 years ago, the world of Japanese art lost one of its luminaries – Jack Hillier (1912-1995). A prolific author, advisor, mentor and collector, and completely self-taught, Hillier made an inestimable contribution to the study of Japan’s printed arts during his lifetime, as well as shaping the literature and collections that continue to inform understanding of this medium.
Working from a critical examination of the impact of Hillier’s multifaceted work with a distinguished panel of invited speakers, this symposium will stretch out to consider wider topics of post-war collecting and display of Japanese art, the unsettling of canon, and the understated role of the advisor in collections’ history.
Held with the support of the Toshiba International Foundation
Further details coming soon